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Man Sentenced for Killing Woman and Hiding Body in Wall

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LOS ANGELES — A 47-year-old man was sentenced to 11 years in state prison for the 2009 murder of a woman whose body was discovered behind a wall in a Lomita residence, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

The woman’s body remained undiscovered for 6 years, even after the suspect moved out.

Randolph E. Garbutt of Los Angeles pleaded guilty last month to one felony count of voluntary manslaughter. Deputy District Attorneys Ryan Gould and Michael C. Gargiulo prosecuted the case.

On July 2, 2015, the body of Raven Campbell, 37, was excavated from behind a wall at a residence in the 26800 block of Western Avenue in unincorporated Lomita. The victim had been missing since June, the prosecutors said. Officials determined blunt force trauma to be the cause of death.

According to KTLA, Campbell’s remains were found in a patched-up hole in the wall of a closet by a cadaver dog after an anonymous tip led police to the apartment in June of 2015. Garbutt, who was not living at the apartment at the time the remains were discovered, was arrested seven months later.

Campbell was last seen at 12 p.m. on June 4, 2009. At the time, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said she suffered from a diminished mental capacity.

After her body was found, Campbell’s sister Renee told KTLA that her sister was a “wonderful spirit.”

“She never was angry,” she said. “She was really trusting to a fault.”

The case was investigated by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

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